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My Take On The 67th Emmys

So Last Sunday was the Emmys, the 67th Primetime Emmys. The Emmys are the biggest night in Television; simply put, they are the Oscars of television. This is going be a basic recap / review / commentary of the show, starting with what I thought of Andy Samberg as a host, down to what I thought about the winners of the night.

Andy Samberg did a pretty solid job as a host. His opening musical number was very Neil Patrick Harris-y. It was well thought out, sung and choreographed, not to mention pretty damn funny. Unfortunately his opening monologue wasn’t as smooth. There were a few laughs here and there, and it was obvious that he was nervous and a little bit overwhelmed by the occasion. Whoever wrote the jokes let him down, as they seemed a bit predictable and repetitive (I mean the Bill Cosby joke is a bit been-here-done-that), and his delivery and timing weren’t as solid as they should have been. All in all, a solid job but nothing exemplary.

Rating: B minus

Now to the main gist: the winners of the night

Best Drama: Winner – Game of Thronesemmys 1Nominees: Orange is the new Black, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House of Cards, Better Call Saul

Now I must confess to only watching four of the seven nominated shows this season – GOT, Downton, OITNB, and HOC, and frankly, none of the four shows had exemplary seasons. In the case of House of Cards and OITNB, this was actually their weakest seasons, so no qualms on them missing out. I am a huge fan of GOT, but truthfully, this past season wasn’t the show’s best. It took way too long to get going (although it was pretty glorious when it finally did), and some parts of the story fell flat. (*side-eyes the Sand Snakes, Dorne and Arya storylines*) Although, after losing out to Breaking Bad for years, I guess it was time for them to finally get the win. I just wish it was more deserved.

Lead Actress in a Drama: Winner – Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press RoomNominees: Claire Danes (Homeland), Taraji P Henson (Empire), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Robin Wright (House of Cards)

First off, I love House of Cards, but Robin Wright had no business being nominated this year. Where was Penny Dreadful’s Eva Green, or Bate’s Motel’s Vera Farmiga, or even Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe? Having said that, it was time for life to be breathed into this category and thankfully, the Academy finally honoured superwoman Tatiana Maslany with a nomination (she really is incredible, I can’t even describe it); as such, I would have been happy with a win for either her, Taraji or Viola. Viola took home the statue, which was completely deserved. While at certain times during the HTGAWM season, it can be said that she was guilty of over-acting or chewing scenery, it doesn’t take away from what was a powerhouse performance in her show’s freshman season. And that acceptance speech? *APPLAUSE*

Lead Actor in a Drama: Winner – Jon Hamm (Mad Men)emmys 3Nominees: Kyle Chandlers (Bloodline), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

This was a shoo-in for Jon Hamm. This was mostly a sentimental win for the Mad Men actor. After being nominated seven times (and losing six times), and with this being Mad Men’s final season, it was a pretty easy guess as to who the Academy would go for this time. Not to say it wasn’t deserved, it was just obviously a sentimental win.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Winner – Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black)emmys 4Nominees: Joanne Froggart (Downton Abbey), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

This is a category I know all too much about. Now I love me some Orange is the New Black, and some Crazy Eyes, but no, Uzo Aduba shouldn’t have won for this past season. Literally any of the other actresses here are more deserving winners. Not that it was Aduba’s fault; following her wonderful work in Season 2 (which she won an Emmy for, albeit in the Guest Actress Comedy category), she wasn’t given any worthy material in the third season to showcase herself. This was her weakest season and Lena Headey of Game of Thrones had far meatier work and would have been a far more deserving winner.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Winner – Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)emmys 5Nominees: Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

With the exception of Alan Cumming, who shouldn’t have been nominated in the first place, all the other nominees in this category had far stronger seasons then Peter Dinklage. Now Dinklage does phenomenal work on GOT as the fan favourite, Tyrion Lannister, but he didn’t have anything Emmy worthy to do this season. Now the season he should have won for was the last season, where he put in jaw-dropping work, after he was accused of the murder of Joffrey Baratheon-Lannister. Jim Carter and especially Ben Mendelsohn were more deserving in this category.

Guest Actress in a Drama: Winner – Margo Martindale (The Americans)emmys 6Nominees: Dianna Rigg (Game of Thrones), Rachel Brosnan (House of Cards), Allison Janey (Masters of Sex), Khandi Alexander (Scandal), Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder)

Sigh. I don’t watch The Americans; been meaning to get into it, but anyone who watched Cicely Tyson’s turn as Annalise’s mother on Murder last season would know that this shouldn’t have been a contest. When someone announces their arrival by delivering a line like, “Don’t you know a VIP when you see one, your boss came out of my V and her Daddy’s P”, without making it sound cheesy or campy, you don’t ask questions. You simply give them an EMMY! Fans of The Americans think Martindale was even the wrong guest actress from the show to nominate; so you can imagine.

The rest of the categories had no qualms with Yours Truly. I was glad that Veep finally broke Modern Family’s five-year winning streak for Outstanding Comedy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for Best Actress in a Comedy, as did Jeffrey Tambor for his already Golden Globe winning turn as a Trans woman in the ‘comedy’, Transparent, in the men’s category. So no surprise there or complaints.

All in all, it was a great year for TV, and as we usher in a new fall TV season, I can see our internet service providers smiling with glee as all our mobile data burns uncontrollably.

Written by Deola


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14 comments

  1. Viola Davis’ Emmy is without contest a well-deserved win! Uzo Aduba’s on the other hand… I agree with you. Lena Headey as Circe in Game of Thrones gave a far meatier performance than Aduba this past season. But it looks like the Emmys decided to go the Halle Berry/Denzel Washington 2002 Oscar wins, when history was also made for the Black actors.

  2. Mba Mba Mba. Let’s not go down that “Black sentimental win” line. I don’t know about OITNB because I’m yet to get into that show but Viola deserved her win, in that category she clearly deserved.
    Yes, clearly Jon Hamm won on sentimental reasons, a good bye to Mad Men trophy for him. His crawling up the stage to collect the award though, simply brilliant.
    Peter Dinklage did far better acting this last season than the one before that. He fell from grace and like a snake, get maneuvering his way through survival, that actually was more engaging than a single episode of where he simply shot his father and the world cheered.
    I’ve never gotten into The Americans so nothing to say there but Margo Martindale is an exceptional actress, I’m sure she must have put in great work.

    Congrats once more to Veep, truly a well deserved win, for the show and for Julia.

  3. Mehnnn, where do I start watching from??!!!

    • First of all, ask yourself: Are you a TV person? Not TV as in your television. If the answer is yes, then pick a series and begin. That’s usually where you start from. By beginning with one everybody’s talking about.

  4. Mehn, Deola, at first I thought this was a hobby u were really passionate about, but now I’m beginning to realise that u’re…u’re…*looking at u cautiously,as I would a tadpole that that just sprouted diamond teeth* Well done!

  5. Sorry 2 digress folks, bt is Peter Dinklage really that SHORT??? Thot it was all CGI mehn…

  6. I think award winners this year were deserving of their wins.

    However, if there’s any justice in the Television Academy, nd the wins were based solely on Talent nd not Industry Clout, Tatiana Masleny of Orphan Blank nd David Oyelowo of Nightingale should have won awards for their performances.

    Tatiana Maslany is just too good, I fear she’s underrated. It’s no secret she’s has the hardest job on Television. Her work in Orphan Black is a masterclass in Acting at its peak. Viola Davis may be great at HTGAWM nd deserving to.be the first black actress to win for best lead, But she doesn’t touch Tats at her A-game.

    Congrats in order to GOT bn the first Fantasy show to win Best Drama at the Emmy.

  7. Sadly, I watch series that rarely get nominated. I however follow television shows closely enough and the nominees and winners here rarely seem out of place.

    I totally agree with the Peter Dinkage bit tho…. This wasn’t his best season by any means. The penultimate one should have been a shoo-in

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